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McGovern Centennial Gardens
Ranked #13 of 272 things to do in Houston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 8, 2017

Houston heat limited our time here but we did enjoy the walk though and the fountains. A good break from the noise and commotion of the history museum.

Thank joedvet
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Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

On our way to the museum, we decided to walk through the McGovern Centennial garden along the way. What a great idea that turned out to be! It's so peaceful and tranquil in here. Right when you walk in the entrance, there's a pool of water with fountains all in a line. They've got metal tables and chairs all scattered around underneath two pavilions so you can sit in the shade and enjoy the view.
Straight ahead is a 30-foot mount in which people walk around in a spiral to get to the top for a unique aerial view. There's also running water flowing down - a man-made waterfall, if you will. There is a somewhat shaded, gravel walking path from the pavilions going out towards the mount.
Off to one side, there is a vegetable garden hidden from view. They have events for kids here also such as a Story Time held in the family garden area. On the other side is a rose garden you can walk through. As you leave the rose garden, you can see an oriental-style octagonal gazebo set off in the distance. It's somewhat across from the statue of Confucius.
We didn't have much time to explore the whole garden since we still wanted time for the museum before it closed. We ended up walking out the side entrance that faced Hermann Park and the HMNS. It's such a picturesque little park with many spots that would make a nice background for pictures. We'll definitely come back another day to explore more when we have some leisure time.

Thank yellowrose1288
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

Beautiful scenery in the middle of the medical center. I love to go here and walk and check out the scenery.

Thank Runnin26
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

An impromptu visit to the Gardens while on our way to the Museum of Natural Science turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip! Simply gorgeous! And the people maintaining the gardens were super friendly and helpful despite the heat! More than one were willing to field questions about the gardens with a smile! It was quite apparent that the people taking care of the garden took great care in maintaining its beauty! The heat and humidity could not even dampen our leisurely walk through the Gardens. Definitely stop and smell the roses.... literally! Some of the most fragrant roses I've ever encountered. And the landscaping with the fountains was so aesthetically pleasing! Next time I would like to pack a picnic and just enjoy sitting on the lawn and drinking in the surroundings. A definite must-see for nature lovers when visiting Houston!

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

I love to enjoy the peaceful walk around these beautiful gardens and the lovely water features and amazing plants and the ducks in the water pond. It is so relaxing.

Thank tbtb12
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